When it comes to Opera InReach, the organization’s name says it all. Pre-pandemic, breaking apart opera’s white hegemony was on the minds of its co-founders Daevyd Pepper and Andrew Adridge.
“Opera InReach was born out of the BLM movement,” explains Adridge.
There’s no denying that opera, as the pinnacle of Eurocentric high culture, carries with it all manner of colonialist and classist baggage. For centuries, it was seen not only as the exclusive preserve of white performers and audiences, but of a certain upper class of the same.
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